Subject: intended change of the pkglint output format
To: None <>
From: Roland Illig <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/17/2005 14:31:45
Dear pkglint users,

I intend to replace the strings "FATAL", "WARN" and "OK" with "error", 
"warning" and "info". If that would affect any of the programs you have 
written or if you have any other objections to this change, please raise 
your hand now.

The rationale for this change is:

- I find the word "FATAL" too strong. In my experience, fatal errors are 
those after which further checking is impossible. The current errors are 
not of that severity.

- Most gcc users (including me) are already familiar with the words 
"error" and "warning". Users of Borland Delphi also know the word 
"hint", which I will most probably add very soon. I also think that 
"WARN" is a useless abbreviation and should have been "WARNING".

- The keyword "OK" does not have a clear meaning. The new keyword "info" 
precedes information for the user, if only for debugging purposes.

- I don't like uppercase letters. ;)